Chamarajanagar: The direction of the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee (CWRC) to Karnataka to release water at the rate of 3,000 cubic feet per second (cusecs) to Tamil Nadu till October 15 will be challenged before the Supreme Court, the Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said. Siddaramaiah said he has spoken to the state's legal team which opined that it should be challenged in the apex court. "We are challenging the order of the CWRC before the Supreme Court. We don't have water to give," the CM told reporters.
Deputy Chief Minister D K Shivakumar had expressed satisfaction over the CWRC rejecting the request of Tamil Nadu, which wanted Karnataka to release 12,000 cusecs. Karnataka submitted before CWRC at its meeting in New Delhi that the shortfall in cumulative inflows to its four reservoirs in the Cauvery basin up to September 25 is 53.04 per cent.
BJP leaders hold protest
BJP leaders, meanwhile, organised a protest against the Karnataka government over Cauvery water release to Tamil Nadu. Protesters raised slogans against Siddaramaiah and Shivakumar and called them agents of Tamil Nadu and DMK.
Staging a sit-in over the Cauvery water-sharing issue, former CM Yediyurappa said, "Our CM and deputy CM should not behave like Tamil Nadu agents. They must realise the actual facts. In almost all our reservoirs there is no water at all and it is not sufficient for even drinking purposes... PM can't interfere in this, the case is in SC. It's not possible for him to interfere..."
BJP Member of Parliament from Bangalore South Tejasvi Surya said that Karnataka must stop releasing water to Tamil Nadu.
"Karnataka government has completely failed in putting forth proper details to the CWRC committee. Showing fingers towards to central govt is not going to work. Central official work has been done. Now it is in the hands of authorities and the Supreme Court" he said.